BR 1856 Restaurant Miniature Buffet
|BRBritish Rail or British Railways 1856 Restaurant Miniature Buffet|
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Restaurant Miniature Buffet 1856
|Built By||BRBritish Rail or British Railways Wolverton|
|Livery||BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream|
|Other numbers||E1856, M1856|
|1989||Arrived on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society|
The BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mk 1 Restaurant Miniature Buffet coach (RMB) was designed to provide quick snacks, being staffed by only one attendant in service. The coach seats 44 passengers at tables, and also has bench seats opposite the serving area. Some examples including 1856 were refurbished during service, the improvements including the installation of fluorescent lighting.
1856 in service and preservation
1856 was built at Wolverton in 1961 to diagram number 99 of lot number 30670. It was fitted with Commonwealth Bogies which enabled running at 100mph, and was also briefly fitted with a payphone while in service.
1856 entered service in February 1962 in BRBritish Rail or British Railways's Eastern region, numbered E1856. The carriage later saw service in the Midland region as M1856 from June 1967, returning to the Eastern region by 1982.
1856 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society on 16 November 1989 from Cambridge. It is normally used in Set GWR2, the GWRGreat Western Railway Chocolate and Cream running set, and is now owned by SVR(H).
Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
- Longworth (2013) p.24.